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Building blocks

This post is a follow up to Building upon balance. It also has a companion post titled Wyoming 1971 if you want a trip back in time that adds more context to my thinking. In the 1980’s, if you wanted to attend a university program you needed to complete a 5 year high school school […]

Tools and Resources for Math Talks

One of the reasons that I spent so many years teaching the primary grades is that teaching math to older students terrified me.  Growing up I struggled with math.  I changed schools in the middle of my grade three year and missed a great deal of multiplication and division instruction which haunted me for the […]

Activities for Community Building in A Special Needs Class

This year, I am new to my school. My students are all new to the school. 2 out of 3 ERFs in the class are also new to the school. It is a whole bunch of new!! With all this newness,  we have spent a lot of September getting to know each other and our […]

Changing Jobs

This year I have moved schools and made a fairly substantial switch in career paths from being a full-time music teacher in a K-5 school to a teacher of 9 intermediate students with Developmental Disabilities. It has been quite a big change but one that has brought a complete renewal of energy and excitement to teaching. […]

Building upon balance

I’m back. You’re back. They’re back. We’re back!!!!! And it could not have come at a better time. Or could it? While our transition from summer to school traditionally begins after Labour Day, there are more and more students starting back to class in August than ever before. This is known in edu-circles as a balanced or modified […]

Happy Pride Month!

This June, Peel District School board has raised the Pride Flag at every school for the first time. I didn’t realize the impact that the flying of the flag would have on me until I saw it every single day as I came into school. It gave me such a sense of joy and happiness […]

Did something

Done There are less than 0 days of classes left in this school year. Rooms have been undecorated. Incidents of dishevelled desks are now down to zero. I can actually see the top of mine again. It is the culmination of 10 months of hard work, joy, and growth. DPA time lasted a little bit longer this week and […]

Thanks for all you do!

Congratulations on another successful year! Being a teacher is one of the greatest gifts and it is usually the students’ words at this time of year that remind me of the important impact that we have everyday. When I asked the students about their teacher, Ms. Duong, this is what they had to say: “She […]

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